Clarence Carter

Slip Away

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Clarence Carter's first national hit and one of his biggest, 1968's "Slip Away" has an elegance and grace not always associated with the deep soul environs of Rick Hall's Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Opening with a wah-wah guitar and electric organ figure more pretty than funky, the song is so languorous and mellow that it doesn't even register at first that Carter's increasingly impassioned entreaties are of an unabashedly carnal nature: basically, he's suggesting that the young lady he's singing to should nip off with him for a quick one while her boyfriend isn't looking. The combination of this upfront lyrical content and the mellow beauty of the musical backing makes for an interesting kind of tension.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1984 Edsel
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:29
Hooked on Love 1987 Ichiban 2:38
Back to the '60s: Soul 1988
Various Artists
Dominion 2:42
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
Classic Rock: 1968 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:35
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
Rhythm & Blues: 1968 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Summers of Love [Disc 2] 1991
Various Artists
Original Analog 2:34
The Commitments (Original Artists Recordings of Featured Music) 1991
Various Artists
Atco 2:33
Snatching It Back 1992 Rhino 2:33
Soul Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
The Muscle Shoals Sound 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
Soul Patrol, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:30
Rites of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Motown 2:34
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:38
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1968 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Soul Classics
The Hit Box 1 1996
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:29
Memories...1968 1996
Various Artists
King / Koch 2:26
Too Weak to Fight 1997 Kingfisher Records 2:32
21 Winners: Best of Soul [1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
'60s Soul Hits 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:31
Try a Little Tenderness: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:31
Beach Boogie: Shag & Swing Compilation, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Wild Dog Blues / Wild Dog 2:38
25 Years of R&B: 1968 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:34
Super Non-Stop Slow Soul Dancing 1997
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:31
Patches: Best of Clarence Carter [Aim] 1997 Aim Records 2:30
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:34
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1968 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:40
Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:38
No Image 1998 Koch / eOne / Koch International 2:30
Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour 1999
Various Artists
Kent 2:30
No Image 2000
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 2:32
Greatest Hits 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:26
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
Gold 2000 Ripete Records 2:33
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
Almost Famous 2000
Original Soundtrack
Dreamworks SKG 2:32
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:33
Starting All Over Again 2001 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:34
The Best and the Rest 2001 Varese 2:32
Hedwig's Theme From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars 3:46
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
The Soul Box 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Express Yourself: The Best of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 2:30
Jukebox Hits 1968 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1968 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
Soul Collection 2002 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:22
Soul: I Will Survive 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 2:36
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:31
21 Winners: Best of Soul [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:30
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:30
Slip Away and Other Hits 2003 Rhino Flashback 2:32
Hard to Find 45's on CD: Sweet Soul Sounds 2004
Various Artists
Eric Records 2:31
The Soul Troubadours 2005 Fuel 2000 2:32
Super Hits 1968 2005
Various Artists
King 2:29
Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter 2005 Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:34
Hard to Find Soul 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:34
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Rhino / Time / Life Music
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner 2:34
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:30
Golden Legends: Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:30
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:31
Forever Soul R&B 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:30
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
The Platinum Collection 2007 WEA International 2:34
Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat and Strut 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
A Collector's R&B Dream: 1968, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:31
Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 2008
Various Artists
Kent Soul 2:30
Clarence Carter 2009 Suite 102
The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 2011
Various Artists
Kent Soul 2:57
Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 3: 1960-1969 2012
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:29
This Is Clarence Carter/The Dynamic Clarence Carter 2016 Kent 2:31
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:28